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    <p>Home to lush green cliff faces, sacred temples and majestic waterfalls, <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/cruise-destinations/benoa-bali" target="_blank">Bali</a> is an island paradise with a rich and compelling culture at its core. Whether you want to explore ancient architecture, swim in crystal-blue seas or get lost in lush green forest scapes, Bali offers both nature and history lovers the opportunity to indulge in <a href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/country-guide/cruises-to-indonesia" target="_blank">Indonesia&rsquo;s</a> diving heritage and cultural treasures. With so much to see and explore in Bali, we chatted with several travel bloggers to find out their top tips for making the most of this spellbinding destination:</p>\r\n
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    <h2>First-time tips for visiting Bali</h2>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Get a ferry to the island of Nusa Penida</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>As well as visiting the more untouched places in the north and east of Bali, Mark and Mim from <a href="https://www.thecommonwanderer.com/" target="_blank">The Common Wanderer</a> recommend getting the ferry across to the neighbouring Nusa Penida island just off the coast. &ldquo;We highly recommend a day trip to the island of Nusa Penida, just off Bali. It feels almost untouched by the mass tourism of mainland Bali and the scenery is like nowhere else on earth - think epic cliffs, bright white beaches and beautiful jungles.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>Darren from Wild &amp; Away also recommends a visit, &ldquo;I would recommend every new visitor heads to Nusa Penida and stays on the island for a few days if they can rather than taking a day trip. In my opinion, a day trip to Nusa Penida is not enough time to experience the best attractions on the island - there is so much to do there!&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Rent a scooter and go exploring</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>&ldquo;I lived in Bali for more than 3 months and explored the island extensively,&rdquo; Patrick from <a href="https://germanbackpacker.com/" target="_blank">German Backpacker</a> explained. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;d like to head off the beaten track, I&rsquo;d recommend renting a scooter and exploring the island independently. This is certainly the best way to see Bali while giving you flexibility and freedom.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>This is something Jonny from <a href="https://www.jonnymelon.com/" target="_blank">Jonny Melon</a> agrees with, &ldquo;I urge anyone and everyone travelling to Bali to venture out of the Canggu, Seminyak or Kuta vortex and explore the more untouched areas that the &lsquo;Islands of Gods&rsquo; has to offer. Rent a scooter or hire a driver and head north to Munduk Hills or head east to Amed and discover the real Bali that you probably never knew existed.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Take part in a cooking class</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>Morry from <a href="https://www.morrytravels.com/" target="_blank">Morry Travels</a> believes that the best way to experience Bali&rsquo;s amazing cuisine is through an Indonesian cooking class. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way to learn some new Indonesian dishes and also try out different food at the same time.&rdquo; Indonesian cuisine varies greatly by region. Balinese cuisine, however, uses a variety of spices blended with fresh vegetables, meat and fish.</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Visit the rice terraces and temples in Ubud</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>For an authentic Bali experience, Dan from <a href="https://www.danflyingsolo.com/" target="_blank">Dan Flying Solo</a> recommends visiting Ubud, &ldquo;The joy of Bali is that it&rsquo;s relatively easy and affordable to get around, so be sure to explore and find your own favourite place. For me, that was exploring inland beyond Ubud, where a walk through the rice terraces and the temples provides a completely different feeling to the coast and is a fantastic introduction to Bali&rsquo;s more authentic side.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h2>Things to know before visiting Bali</h2>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Bali is not as quiet and remote as you might think</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>In fact, Bali is far from quiet and remote, says Jonny, &ldquo;Bali has endless amounts of things to experience including the deeply spiritual culture, volcanic landscapes, countless waterfalls, rugged cliff faces, sandy beaches, world-class surf breaks, iconic rice terraces and elephant sanctuaries. As well as that, you can also expect to find more tourist-led attractions such as 5-star resorts, yoga retreats, buzzing nightlife, health cafes, water parks and much, much more.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Be careful about how you use ride-sharing apps</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>Ride-sharing apps are perfectly safe to use in Bali but Morry recommends being careful about using them openly in front of local taxi drivers. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re planning to call a driver using a ride-sharing app like Grba, be very careful not to call them in front of the taxi drivers.&rdquo; As with many places around the world, ride-sharing apps are disliked by local taxi drivers and it can cause some aggravation. Morry explains, &ldquo;This happened to me when I was there and I had to walk 10 minutes away in order for my Grab driver to loop around and pick me up. I&rsquo;ve also heard multiple stories of it happening to other people, so I would be very cautious using them.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>Expect rugged coastlines and cliffs</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>Bali has stunning waterfalls, rice fields, jungles and temples but when it comes to beaches, Patrick says some people can be disappointed, &ldquo;Bali does not have those white sand beaches with crystal clear water you might know from Thailand or the Maldives but rather a rough coastline with cliffs, surf-perfect waves and even black sand on some parts of the island.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>You need to bring proof of a return/ongoing flight</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>&ldquo;Before heading to Bali, I wish I had known I needed to show proof of a return flight or ongoing flight before departing,&rdquo; Jonny explains. &ldquo;This could have saved me a lot of money had I organised this before arriving at the airport on the day of my flight to Bali. I had to book a flight there and then before the airport staff would even let me check-in. Definitely something to be aware of when travelling to Indonesia.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>You should refuse single-use plastics</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>&ldquo;Bali is actually pretty good at plastic management compared to a lot of places,&rdquo; says Dan. &ldquo;It even has a straw and plastic bag ban in place that quite a lot of places adhere to. In fact, a lot of the bars invest heavily in bamboo straws and no plastic products.&rdquo; Although Bali is working towards better waste management, plastic from other sources still washes up on Bali&rsquo;s shores. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t be part of the problem - be part of the solution,&rdquo; says Mark and Mim. &ldquo;Always refuse single-use plastics such as water bottles, plastic bags and straws. Most accommodations, cafes and bars in Bali offer water filtration systems, making it easy to fill up your water bottle before setting off for the day. And if you think you&rsquo;ll need a bag, bring a tote with you.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
    \r\n
    <h3>You should take care on the roads</h3>\r\n
    \r\n
    <p>Several of the bloggers we spoke to said the same thing: the roads in Bali are hectic. &ldquo;For such a small island, Bali has a large population of over 4 million people, so traffic on the island can be manic,&rdquo; Mark and Mim explained. &ldquo;In addition to this, the roads are often narrow and windy, meaning travel times can often be long. Also, if you&rsquo;re going to hire a scooter - make sure you know how to drive one and always wear a helmet.&rdquo;</p>\r\n
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    <p><a class="button" href="https://www.rolcruise.co.uk/find-your-cruise?places%5B%5D=Benoa+%28Bali%29" target="_blank"><span style="color:#ffffff">See all featured Bali cruises</span></a></p>
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